Privacy and security considerations for EHR incentives and “meaningful use”

May 1, 2010
One of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s (ARRA) (Pub. L. No. 111-5) areas of emphasis is expanding the use of health information technology, both in terms of storing and managing medical records in electronic form and in terms of facilitating the exchange of information contained in such records. The Recovery Act included significant funding to provide incentive payments to healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology; these incentives require eligible providers not only to acquire and install systems, but also to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records (§4101).

Risks associated with creating a new information asset

May 1, 2010
The creation of new information assets (e.g. databases) offers the potential for greater collaboration, efficient work, new discoveries, and accomplished objectives. These benefits often overshadow the risks arising from a lack of due consideration about resource availability, privacy, business continuity, and organizational reputation.

10 in 2010: A chat with Suzanne Rodway

May 1, 2010
In our continuing series to celebrate the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, this month we check in with Suzanne Rodway. As group privacy director for Barclay Bank, Suzanne is responsible for overseeing compliance with privacy, data protection, and freedom of information laws worldwide. Barclay received the HP-IAPP 2009 Privacy Innovation Award in the large organization category for its cross-company approach to privacy. The Privacy Advisor chatted with Suzanne about new privacy challenges and how she’s helping her organization—and others—rise to meet them.

Greetings!

May 1, 2010
Last week's news was awash with stories about Facebook. The media, the blogosphere and others weighed in on recent changes made by the company that result in users' profiles being more "open" by default. Regulators called for change, advocates called for an investigation and users raised eyebrows while others raised funds to build a privacy protective social network that they think will appeal to those currently questioning their presence on Facebook.

What’s a former commissioner to do?

May 1, 2010
Pamela Jones Harbour ended her term as a Federal Trade Commissioner on April 6. In the weeks leading up to her departure she reflected on the changes she has seen during her term, shared some of her plans for the future and discussed how the privacy landscape may look in the years to come. Harbour’s responses to these questions reflect her own views and not necessarily those of the FTC or any other individual commissioner.

Privacy in the online advertising arena

May 1, 2010
If everyone in the online advertising arena hasn't been paying attention to the privacy issues associated with their business, there is reason to assume they soon will be. Recent events have commanded much attention.

Creating a privacy gameplan for your social media strategy

May 1, 2010
The rise of social networks as a marketplace is arguably one of the most important economic phenomena of recent years. Companies seeking to exploit these new opportunities will need a privacy gameplan, however, to meet customer and regulator expectations.

Notes from the Executive Director

April 1, 2010
In a recent Forbes article, Bruce Schneier dismissed claims that the age of privacy is over, asserting that people, even young people, still care about it. What’s different, he said, is that while the privacy attitudes of yesterday were aligned with the notion of secrecy, today privacy is about control. “A privacy failure is a control failure,” he said.

Asia-Pacific Privacy Law: assurance via certification and audit

April 1, 2010
As discussed in previous articles, many Asia-Pacific countries have implemented privacy statutes. While each has its own unique provisions, they tend to utilize the same core principles as the APEC Privacy Framework (2005). Corporations that operate in the region must comply with the statutes for each country in which they do business and will also want to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of personal information.

Security, fines, and systems-based regulation—the UK’s new legal battleground

April 1, 2010
The regulation of data protection in the UK enters a new era on 6 April when the Information Commissioner’s power to levy fines of up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA) comes into effect. While the legislation introducing the fine refers to breaches of the data protection principles, we can expect that the fine will be targeted mostly at security breaches and data loss and the other terrors addressed by the seventh data protection principle.

Privacy 50 years from now

April 1, 2010
How has privacy law evolved in the last 50 years? What will it look like in 2060? On January 29, the California Law Review gathered together some of the world’s top privacy law scholars and practitioners to explore these questions. The symposium, “Prosser’s Privacy at Fifty,” held at UC Berkeley School of Law, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Dean William Prosser’s landmark article, “Privacy,” 48 California Law Review 383 (1960), among the most influential law review articles in history.

Anything but irrational

April 1, 2010
Dan Ariely is the author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. He will present a keynote at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit on April 20. In this Privacy Advisor Q&A, Dan discusses how his research applies to decisions we make about privacy.

Perfect remembering? Forget about it.

April 1, 2010
The Privacy Advisor is pleased to bring you this Q&A with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, and associate professor of public policy and director of the Information and Innovation Policy Research Centre at the LKY School of Public Policy/National University of Singapore. He will present a keynote at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit on April 21.

More than “checking the box” in information protection training and awareness

April 1, 2010
This article is the second in an ongoing series in which leading organizations share best practices on addressing the human factor in compliance and information protection programs and implementing a successful privacy and information security awareness and training initiative.

10 in 2010: A chat with Alan Chapell

April 1, 2010
In our continuing series to celebrate the IAPP’s tenth anniversary, this month we check in with long-time member and prolific Privacy Advisor contributor Alan Chapell. Prior to his career in privacy, Alan made a living as a musician. Today he parlays his creative energy into his consulting firm. So, how does one go from rockin’ out on stage with the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen to being appointed privacy ombudsman on some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the U.S.?

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